St. James Episcopal Church shares the joy of Christmas working with the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America. The Salvation Army provides a list of 75 vetted, needy children whose names, ages, and genders are included on ornaments on our Angel Tree. Parishioners are invited to “adopt” a child by selecting their ornament, and providing some Christmas gifts using the information about them from their ornament. Ornaments for elders who might not otherwise receive anything at Christmas are received from the Volunteers of America, vetted from residents of their subsidized housing for the elderly. The seniors at the VOA house complete a wish list, and St. James parishioners can “adopt” a senior and purchase a gift from their wish list, usually including items such as Boost® drinks, puzzles, or towels.
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St. James Christmas Feast
Each year, our neighbors in need are provided a delicious meal and a gift bag that includes hand sanitizer, warm socks, etc. during our Christmas Feast in Bishops Hall. There are many ways to help with this outreach opportunity as we seek to make Christmas merry and bright for all.
Contacts: Margaret Blades, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or Nancy Jo Poirrier, email@example.com
St. James Food Pantry
The St. James Food Pantry distributes nonperishable food items on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to qualified local recipients. Food donations are provided by the Baton Rouge Food Bank and St. James Food Pantry barrel donations. Donations can be easily deposited in the large barrels located in the Parish Hall foyer and narthex of the church. Each month has a food focus to ensure trackable inventory, and it is published in the Sunday bulletin insert. Donations of any shelf-stable food item are always welcome.
Contact: Allen Paterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
We Care Bags
We Care Bags are lunch/snack bags distributed to the hungry who come to our door. Helpers go shopping, help pack, and/or distribute small lunch bags including protein, carbohydrate, fruit, and water items, to those who come to the Ministries Center in need of sustenance. The program, started by Blanche W. “Boots” and Warren Green, was created in 2004 and distributes an average of 225 bags per week.
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We invite our homeless neighbors to enjoy a meal alongside parishioners, served by volunteers in Bishops Hall. The menu consists of eggs, biscuits, sausage and grits, along with a hearty dollop of love. Join us every 5th Sunday at 8 a.m. in Bishops Hall.
Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrier, firstname.lastname@example.org